Against the Elements

Against the Elements : The Eruption of Icelandic Football

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Against the Elements is an enthralling account of football's most captivating underdog story. With a population of just 350,000, Iceland stunned the sporting world when it went toe-to-toe with the elite at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. So how was such a tiny nation, sited on the edge of the Arctic circle, able to take on the giants of world football? Matt McGinn draws on 50 exclusive interviews with the key protagonists to unpick how it happened. Does an Icelandic "Viking" mentality exist? Can smallness be an advantage? Is there a template for other countries to follow? McGinn experienced Iceland's World Cup campaign in different parts of the country--from five days spent on a fishing trawler, to Iceland's bustling capital of Reykjavík, to the jagged volcanic island of Heimaey. Part travelogue, part thematic investigation, Against the Elements searches for the truth behind the Iceland football team's remarkable, unprecedented rise, bringing to life the people, places and values of the nation that produced this astonishing team.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785317202
  • 9781785317200
  • 401,852

About Matt McGinn

Matt McGinn is a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham who specializes in the relationship between sport, national identity and memory. Matt has written about football for ESPN, the Guardian, and Howler. He is interested in football writing as a means to explore personal stories beyond the pitch and to reveal the cultural and sociological patterns that shape the game. Against the Elements is his first book.
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